JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene

JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene


The time period “jam band” is used to categorize a kind of song that favors improvisation and musicianship over concise riffs, hooks, and conventional songwriting constitution. The time period additionally is helping outline the fiercely devoted fanatics of the song as safely because it does the bands. a lot as with the thankful Dead—the progenitors of the jam band scene—the survival of the scene relies on a symbiotic courting with fanatics. Jam bands nurture an in depth courting with their enthusiasts, fostered via consistent traveling and the mutual trust that every functionality is a different, shared event.

JAMerica tells the tale of the roots, evolution, values, and fervour of the jam band scene within the phrases of these who are aware of it top. Modeling itself on such books as Edie: American Girl via George Plimpton and Jean Stein (an oral background of the lifetime of Edie Sedgewick ) and Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral historical past of Punk via Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the ebook is an oral background of the jam band scene, integrating tales from such bands because the thankful useless, Phish, common Panic, Dave Matthews Band, moe., Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, and dozens extra. Interviews specialize in the background of person bands and the way they communally formed the bigger jam band group, in addition to songwriting, relationships with lovers, enterprise versions, and the significance (including the thrill and struggle tales) of traveling, together with early gigs and venues (e.g. the Wetlands in big apple urban and the landmark H.O.R.D.E. competition) that supported the emergence of the jam band scene.

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